WILLIAM F. EDDY.
William F. Eddy, retired, who makes his home in the Eddy Apart- ments of Regina, is one of the pioneer settlers of the city and the first brick mason to locate here. When he arrived in the future capital of Saskatchewan, in the fall of 1882, he found a city of tents with a popula- tion of two or three hundred souls. He recalls with amusement that the first work he had in Regina was the construction of a brick chimney on a near-by farm house, which was probably the first chimney made of brick in all Saskatchewan. The years have witnessed the transformation of the tent colony into a substantial city of brick and stone, lighted with electric- ity, served with tram cars and possessing all the improvements of a mod- ern urban community. With this development Mr. Eddy has kept pace. On a very literal sense he may be regarded as one of the chief builders of Regina, for he was personally connected with the erection of more than one of the earlier public and semi-public buildings. He has likewise wrought in the "things of the spirit," giving his aid and encouragement to those intangible things which, more than streets and buildings promote the growth and development of a city. It is to Mr. Eddy and his early asso- ciates in Regina, their courage, their faith in the future and their loyalty to the Canadian west, that the city owes its prosperity of the twentieth century. Born in Newcastle, Ontario, on the 9th of August, 1852, William F. Eddy is the son and only child of James T. and Mary A. (Clark) Eddy. His mother was born in what is now Newcastle, but his father's parents took him into the Ontario woods to live when he was a little child of four. James T. Eddy was a mason and a builder by occupation. A Liberal in his political views he entertained very decided opinions upon such mat- ters, in which he was not easily influenced. His religious faith was that of the Christian church. William F. Eddy was educated in the public and high schools of New- castle and Albert College at Belleville, Ontario, following which he learned the brick mason's and builder's trade under his father. During the period of his apprenticeship his father and he erected a number of churches, including the Christian church at Orono, in 1868; the Bible Christian church of the same place in 1869; a Presbyterian church at Bowenville in 1870 and in 1874 a Roman Catholic church at Newmarket. Mr. Eddy continued to ply his trade in Ontario until 1882, the year of his migration to the west. From Ontario Mr. Eddy went to Winnipeg, where he remained from April to July, leaving there on the 18th of the latter month. By train he journeyed from Winnipeg to Broadview, thence to Battleford, at that time the capital of the Northwest Territories, making the last half of the trip by native pony and buckboard. For two or three weeks he tarried in Battleford and while there had his first experience in agricultural work, cutting grain with an old-fashioned cradle. He bargained for a job of cutting the grain on a four-acre tract at the rate of four dollars an acre, then sublet the contract to some half-breeds for a dollar and a half an acre. Eventually he reached Regina-on the 13th of October, 1882. In the town that was just coming into existence there was plenty of work for an am- bitious young man, so here Mr. Eddy remained. The following spring he formed a partnership with George B. Rice and the two men did much of the early construction work in the city. They plastered the first gov- ernor's house, the first building put up for the Legislative Assembly and many other public structures. Mr. Eddy built the first brick house in Regina for a man by the name of John D. Sibbald and also did the brick work for the first Presbyterian church. In 1886 the partnership between Mr. Eddy and Mr. Rice was dis- solved when the former went back to Newcastle, Onatario, to build a church in the community where his work was so well known. The west had laid her spell upon him, however, and the first of May, 1890, found him back in Regina, with plans for putting into operation an extensive building pro- ject. Entering into the field of speculative building and contracting, he put up a large number of houses for sale to newcomers in the city, alway a profitable undertaking in a growing community. He also did work the country, erecting brick farm houses for prosperous agriculturists, and took contracts in Moose Jaw and other towns. In 1897 he built a large brick residence for Much brothers near Lumsden and at the same time erected a church on their farm. Before the city water system was in- stalled in Regina, Mr. Eddy dug several deep wells. The first was sunk in 1890 and four others were bored shortly afterward, all of them being carried to a depth of ninety feet. In 1905 Mr. Eddy retired from active life as a builder, to enjoy the fruits of his years of purposeful activity. In 1911 he erected a large three-story apartment house, in which he now lives-the Eddy Apartments. In 1875 Mr. Eddy was united in marriage to Miss Labernia C. Wether- well, who died in Regina in 1884, leaving three children: Mabel Winifred, now the wife of J. B. Hugg, a barrister of Winnipeg; James W. S. Eddy of Regina, who has continued his father's work as a brick mason; and Franklin L., a Saskatchewan farmer. In October, 1886, Mr. Eddy was married to Winifred Vanderwater, a native of Hastings county, Ontario. She was born on a farm that has been in the family for generations, the birthplace of her great grandfather, on the paternal side of the family. Her father, Daniel Vanderwater, who recently passed away at the age of ninety-four, was born, lived and died on the old homestead. Mr. Eddy is the proud possessor of ten grandchildren. A Methodist in his religious faith, Mr. Eddy belongs to the Metropolitan church, in which Mrs. Eddy is also active as an earnest worker in the Ladies' Aid Society. He is a life member of Wascana Lodge, A. F. & A. M., of Regina, and also belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Politically he ranks as a Liberal. He has served on the city council of Regina and was mayor during 1896 and 1897. As a citizen his life has been exemplary, for he has always done his part toward building up the community in every way within his power. Here he has amassed a com- petence and here he has kept his interests, financial and social, thus keep- ing another name on the list of Regina's worth-while citizens. Bibliography follows:


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